월드뉴스 : 폭 1㎞ 소행성 19일 지구서 193만㎞ ‘근접’ 통과
Let’s take a look at what’s going on in “The World Now.”
For those of you who watched the Netflix movie “Don’t Look Up” about an asteroid heading towards Earth, a very similar event will be observed in the coming days.
An asteroid known as 7482 (1994 PC1), discovered back in the year 1994 will be flying close to Earth on January 19th at around 6:51AM Korea time.
According to CNN citing NASA, the asteroid is estimated to be a kilometer wide and will be passing within 1-point-93 million kilometers of Earth, moving at 76-thousand kilometers per hour.
Although it’s not expected to hit Earth, it’s the closest an asteroid will come to doing so for the next two centuries and can only be seen using a telescope.
For the sixth year in a row, 2021 saw the hottest ocean temperatures in recorded history.
According to a study published in Advances in Atmospheric Sciences on Tuesday, the upper 2-thousand meters of the world’s oceans absorbed 14 more zettajoules than it did in 2020, which is 145 times greater than all the electricity generated in the world.
Scientists point to humans for this relentless temperature increase.
It’s of serious concern as ocean heat content is a more effective indicator of global warming than atmospheric temperature… as the world’s oceans absorb 90 percent of the excess heat that is trapped in the atmosphere.
What is concerning is warmer ocean waters help supercharge storms, hurricanes and extreme rainfall… not to mention they eat away at the vast ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctic, causing sea levels to rise.
Cambodia is mourning the loss of a local hero.
But he’s no human.
He’s Magawa,… the landmine-detecting “hero rat,”… who died at the age of eight on Tuesday.
International organization APOPO that trained Magawa is mourning the loss of one of its most successful landmine sniffers,… adding that its grateful for the incredible work he’s done over the years.
Magawa was an African giant pouch rat,… known for finding more than 100 landmines and explosives during his career.
Magawa was born and trained in Tanzania before his move to Cambodia in 2016… which has one of the highest number of mine amputees per capita in the world,… at more than 40-thousand.
Magawa’s official job title was “Hero Rat,”… and he was awarded a gold medal by the UK-based veterinary charity PDSA in 2020,… before retiring in June 2021.
Kim Cheong-ah, Arirang News.
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2022-01-12, 22:00 (KST)